What is Agile on the Bench?

Agile on the Bench is a friendly, low-fi, lunchtime, outdoor, agile meetup.

It’s a mix of short talks and open questions about all things agile, people, teams, users and getting things done… on a bench, in a park (with a bandstand as a backup, just in case it rains).

Topics have included: how the making of Blondies parallel lines is like an Agile project; what carpentry can teach you about pairing; what ice swimming can teach us about product ownership; applying lean startup and systems thinking to social enterprises and what product owners can learn from primary school teachers.

Agile on the Bench was founded in October 2014, it is a community event run by agile people for agile people (and passing joggers). Your hosts are Emily Webber and Cara Bermingham.

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Where is it?

We are currently holding our meetups once a month in Shoreditch, in the beautiful (and historically significant) Arnold Circus. If you want to come along, sign up to our mailing list and we’ll email you details when we announce an event or drop us a tweet.

Can I do a talk?

Yes, you can. We welcome submissions from anyone and particularly love supporting new speakers (especially Agile on the Bench regulars). We know speaking can be daunting, so we keep talks short, give you lots of support and will help you turn a seedling of an idea into a 10 min talk. If you want to chat about options, please get in touch.

I can’t get to east London at lunchtime, can you do an Agile on the Bench near me?

We don’t need to because you can. We have released the Agile on the Bench format under a creative commons licence, so you can run your own Agile on the Bench. Details and guidance about how you should go about it are here.

That sounds amazing, have you ever thought of running a conference in a campsite?

Funny you should ask. Yes we have and in 2015, we ran a minimum viable conference in a campsite in Essex, find out more about that on the website over here.